Indigenous guardians vital to Canada’s conservation goals, environment minister says – Toronto Star

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Indigenous guardians vital to Canada’s conservation goals, environment minister says – Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on June 4, 202115 Views

June 4, 2021

It’s abundantly clear Canada has much to learn from Indigenous Peoples when it comes to conservation and stewardship, said Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, hours after announcing $600,000 in funding Thursday morning for 10 new First Nations Guardians initiatives across the country.

“I think this is particularly evident when we see the environmental challenges that we are facing in the world today — rapid climate change, significant and accelerating biodiversity loss, and the cumulative impacts of pollution in our natural environment,” Wilkinson told hundreds of attendees at the virtual four-day National First Nations Guardians Gathering, which ends Friday.

The Gathering — with more than 600 individual guardians and member groups attending — reflects the momentum and the joint desire of First Nations and the federal government to establish a national framework for Indigenous Peoples to lead the way in Canada’s future conservation efforts.

Read More: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/06/04/indigenous-guardians-vital-to-canadas-conservation-goals-environment-minister-says.html

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